The withdrawal of class action lawsuit by PAS lawmaker Husam Musa and Dr Mahathir’s henchmen Matthias Chang proves all the allegations against 1MDB merely a publicity stunt to smear the good name of the country says Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak.
Salleh said it is all done purely on the allegations in the US Department of Justice civil complaint, and on false smears published by the Wall Street Journal via a press statement.
The lawsuit by Mahathir’s henchmen generated global news and controversy when it was filed on August 11. But, strangely, the Wall Street Journal and other Western media haven’t reported that yesterday the lawsuit was dismissed said Salleh.
“The reality is that it was baseless from the start, a pure publicity stunt to manipulate public perceptions.
“Part of Mahathir’s plan to sabotage 1MDB and damage Malaysia’s economy to unseat the democratically-elected government. And all this for selfish political reasons, just to benefit his son Mukhriz Mahathir,” said Salleh.
He added that it must be frustrating for Mahathir that each of his attempts to subvert Malaysia’s democracy has failed. They will continue to fail. One of the hallmarks of a true leader is knowing when to quit quietly.
The Prime Minister’s real record has just been stated by Unesco’s director-general Irina Bokova that: ”Under the leadership of Najib Razak, the government of Malaysia has taken a firm stance against violent extremism through inclusion and education, which Unesco considers the most effective long-term prevention to forces threatening to divide societies”.
She also praised Malaysia as “An example to countries of all income levels”; said the country is “Proof that respect for diversity is a source of enrichment”; and that we have taken the lead in encouraging “The teaching of religion to promote tolerance, respect and mutual understanding”.
The government won’t be distracted by Mahathir’s increasingly desperate attempts. The Prime Minister will continue to serve the people and prioritise their security, safety and prosperity, adds Salleh.